Top Ten Tuesday | Books from My Favourite Genre

Happy Tuesday!

Am I the only person who’s struggling with the fact that we’re in June? Sure, May was great. But still.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The first topic is books from our favourite genre. I couldn’t pick which one, so I’ve chosen high fantasy and science fiction!

Let me know if you see your favourite! Enjoy.

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Blogmas | The Nightmare before Christmas Tag

Morning, book lovers!

Don’t panic, everyone. But we have just 1 week, 7 days, and 168 hours until Christmas. 😉

Anyways, being an 80s baby growing up in the 90s, I fell in love with the movie Nightmare before Christmas. Frankly, almost every movie Tim Burton has created is on my favourite’s list. So I was thrilled to find this tag floating around. I know the flick may be slightly unconventional, but it shaped the 90s kids. And I love to see the stories people have about it.

I found this wonderful tag on Boston Book Reader. If you haven’t checked out Kris’ blog, go do so now!

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favourite Platonic Relationships

Hey, everyone!

This week is shaping out to be better than the last. And I can’t wait to get back to normal blogging.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is platonic relationships! I love this topic and have been waiting to do it in such a long time. You don’t see much talk about these relationships, but I love reading about them though.

So let’s get to the post. Here are my top choices of platonic relationships. I hope you enjoy!

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The Fall Book Tag

Morning, bloggers!

So, today is Thanksgiving for us Canadians. And I’m eagerly awaiting to stuff my face and not regret a single bite. I want my turkey and dressing.

I found this fun tag at Through Prose Tinted Pages. And I knew I couldn’t resist and Fall-themed one. Nope. I have no willpower left. I loved Vanessa’s answers. And I’d highly recommend checking out this blog. Vanessa won’t disappoint!

And check out the tag’s creator, Bionic Book Worm.

 

I don’t give this debut novel enough credit it deserves. Not many quiet main characters can carry along a fantasy book. However, Jules does so perfectly. The currency-is-time concept is what intrigued me. But the writing and the character arcs kept me enthralled. I cannot wait to read Evermore!

 

I’m not over this ending. I do not accept it. I want nothing more than to weep. Baby August and Kate deserved a better ending than this one. I still haven’t forgiven Victoria.

 

I love Stephanie. Her debut series never ceases to impress me with elaborate plot twists and character arcs. It’s never a dull read with this book! I’ll forever ship Dantella.

 

It’s October. You know I can’t resist mentioning this beauty! I’m so scared that I don’t know what to think at this point. I WANT MY BABIES TO LIVE. Or I die with them. 😭

 

Oh, this question is hard for me. I typically stay with fantasy, and you don’t get the warm and fuzzy’s in that genre. But Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society has stuck with me for years. Yes, the topic is heartbreaking, but this book is one in a few that teaches us how to endure even the worst atrocities. And having most of the characters be book lovers helps as well.

 

I’m about forty pages in, and I know I’ll like this book. I’ve been wanting a great diverse read, and I’ve heard nothing but great reviews for this title. I also have an affinity for beautiful covers, Japanese storyline, and kitsune. 🦊

 

Tag Time!

Like always, I don’t want you to feel like you have to do this post. What’s the fun in that? So if you don’t want to do the tag, I’m fine with your decision. But if you do, I’d love to see your answers. So link back to this post, okay? Have fun!

Aimee | Elaine | Mogsy, Tara, and Wendy | Brittany | Kayla | Daniela | Taylor | Amber | Kathy | Lily | Mara

Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2018

Seriously?! June is over? I cannot believe it is. I’m kind of freaking out at how fast this year is going. So I needed to take some time away from blogging. My life has been too hectic. And just for the sake of doing so, I didn’t want to publish something half ass. But you’ll be seeing me around much more though!

Let me know how your June has gone! I’d love to check up with all of you.

 

Yeah, last month, reading took a back seat. I couldn’t decide which book to read, which one to hold off on, and which one to finish. I went back and forth from one book to the next. Don’t you hate you that? I know I do. I can’t stand it when indecisiveness rules my every choice.

But with the books I did read, I enjoyed. And I was finally able to read two of my most anticipated reads of this year!

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

⭐⭐⭐⭐½

I need to find my fellow Dantella groupies because I need to squee about this book. Caraval is one book that snuck on me when I didn’t expect it. And I’ve been eagerly waiting to read Legendary. But like other readers, I was hesitant to read a book solely on Tella’s POV. Tella is a tricky character for me. She bothered me in Stephanie’s debut novel, but I loved her in this one. Stephanie blends magic, intrigue, and politics and creates an enchanting experience.

I cannot wait to read Finale.

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is GORGEOUS. It rivals Flame in the Mist, and I thought that book was too beautiful for words. Smoke brings on a rollercoaster of emotions for me. Going in, I knew my favourite characters, Mariko and Okami, would suffer, but I was not anticipating the need to punch a wall and scream, “don’t hurt my babies!” at 2 in the morning.

Renée beautifully crafts a historical fantasy you’ve been hoping to read. And while the book is a slow burn, it will satisfy her dedicated readers. I’m hooked.

 

Winter by Marissa Meyer

This book is BEAST. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m enjoying it. Even though I’m late to the game, I don’t want this series to end. Finally, the entire crew joins forces to take down the evil bitch queen we call Levana (bless my swearing skills). I feel the story starts off slow and then builds off of that. I enjoy seeing how each character interacts, and I hope to finish this monster off shortly.

I cannot wait to find more sci-fi books. I don’t want to miss any great series. So shoot me some of your favourite picks! I’d love to discover more!


Give it to me to buy more books than I read for the month. Okay, I can’t put the blame on that. I had several pre-orders, so don’t judge. What am I saying?! I’m talking to fellow book nerds.

I wanted to keep my book haul short for June since I wasn’t sure if I’d read this all (I’m glad I decided ahead of time, or I’d be kicking my butt right now). But I was able to pick up books I’ve been dying to read. And hopefully, I’ll get to them soon.

Who am I kidding? I’ll just keep adding to my pile. 😂

 

So what was your most anticipated book for June? Did you get into a reading slump like me? Let me know in the comments!!

Review | Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Published by: Flatiron Books

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Page Count: 464

Rating: 4.5/5

Source: Purchase

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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more-and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets, including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about-maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.


“Every good story needs a villain. But the best villains are the ones you secretly like.”

Sometimes a book captivates all your senses where you taste the candy apple on your lips, hear the music trickle out from every store, and watch the stars dancing above you. So how can Legendary top my love of Caraval? I’m still trying to catch my breath from Stephanie’s debut novel, but I recapture it with this book. And I want nothing more than to crawl back into this world all over again.

With Scarlet’s story, you rediscover magic. It tastes enchanting, and it doesn’t disappoint you. With Tella’s story though, this magic morphs into a dark, bone-chilling, ancient enchantment. It scares you, but you want more. Once again, Stephanie takes you on a magical yet emotional adventure. And I honestly thought I couldn’t love the sequel as much as the first. But I do.

Legend first shows you what magic can be in a world filled with pain. Now, he gives you the thorns along with the roses. New mythological creatures, the Fates, begin to weave themselves in the beloved and sought-out Caraval. And even though you should believe everything is a game, it isn’t now. The stakes are real. Magic comes with terrifying consequences Tella isn’t sure she can pay.

I thoroughly love jumping back into this world. I love trying to find out what will happen to my two favourite sisters, who Legend might be, and how this game plays out. But did I expect to be picking up the pieces of my heart once I finished the book? No.

In Caraval, I didn’t like Tella. But she develops into a strong-willed character who I was hoping for. She discovers that her mother is alive but trapped in a set of cards, the Deck of Destiny. But along the way of trying to save her, Tella uncovers buried secrets and owes a debt to a man who may rival Legend himself. This game demands sacrifice, and she must either save her mother by destroying Caraval and giving up Legend or save the game everyone lives for. But the girl who doesn’t want love may have it completely change the course of her entire life.

Dante is one character who I didn’t think would play a larger role in the sequel. However, even though I despised him in Caraval, I love him now. His complexity and depth are what make him one of my favourite characters.

The writing and storytelling hook onto your every whim and dream. You want to be a part of Caraval as much as the characters. And the suspense to reach the end is nerve-wracking. I adore how Stephanie crafts a single sentence that will break your heart but make you believe in this world. Love, sacrifice, betrayal, political intrigue, and ancient forces create an enthralling performance. I cannot wait to find the next ticket to Caraval.

Monthly Wrap-Up | May 2018

Oh, hi there.

So, did you survive May? I’m surprised I did even though I loved the month, except when I got sick. On my birthday. 😒 And of course, my bank account took a big ding. I never thought so many book releases would almost take me out. But I’m still standing. I think. What about you, dearies? Have you found some great reads?

 

Look at me tackling my TBR list, while I just add more to it. 😅 So I participated in Kathy’s Moody May challenge. Since it’s been so long from the last challenge I did, I forgot how to do this one. Even though I knew I should have read the new releases, I couldn’t resist reading the Lunar Chronicles. And yes, this is where you can totally nerd out with me. I won’t judge.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

⭐⭐⭐¾

ACOTAR is, by far, one of my favourite series. And while I loved a good chunk of this novella, I was wanting more. What saves it though is Nesta. I adore her, and I’m eagerly awaiting to read her story and Cassian’s. I just hope my ship has not sunk. Sarah sunk the last two, and I’m still bloody LIVID.

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I AM A LUNAR FAN. (*cough* fanatic *cough*) And I need help, like a peer support group or something. 😂 I completely regret not reading this series before. I’ve had so many readers and bloggers try to get me to read the Lunar Chronicles, but I had to wait until 2018.

Cinder will always be one of my favourite characters. I adore her and Kai, who is such a little cinnamon bun.

 

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐

When you combine an alpha female, a quiet and shy love interest, and thrilling action scenes, you’ve got me hooked. I loved this sequel. I was a bit scared going into it though. I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially with some negative reviews. But Marissa does not disappoint!

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

⭐⭐⭐½

I wanted to love it. I’ve been a huge Red Queen fan. My bestie and fellow blogger Dana @ Dana and the Books got me hooked on the series, so I was eagerly waiting for the finale, especially after that devastating epilogue in King’s Cage. But I feel a bit disappointed with this book’s ending. One character who made up for my disappointment is Evangeline. Surprised much? Yeah, me too. But I love her character development.

Review to come soon!

 

Cress by Marissa Meyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh my stars. (Oh God, I’m using the book’s language now.) I’ve been waiting to read about Thorne! That cocky ball of fluff is one book boyfriend I’ve been wanting to see. And Cress is more adorable than I thought she was. I want to wrap her in a blanket and protect from the world. This book made me cry, and I wanted to stab Levana more than I thought. But that ending though! I want to pick up Winter now.

Don’t miss my review, which will come shortly.


Do you know when you’ve pre-ordered so many books that you forgot you’ve ordered them? Well, that’s how May turned out for me. Even the delivery people commented on my packages. 😂 And I never knew I’d hit that kind of high (or low?) before. But here I am.

Yes, I splurged, but I deserved a nice birthday. My credit card would like to say otherwise.

So which books disappointed or surprised you last month? What are you looking for in June? Did you find your next book boyfriend or girlfriend? Let’s chat!

Top Ten Tuesday | Books on My Spring TBR

 

Hey, everyone!

I’m going to love doing this Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Who’s eagerly anticipating this new season’s books?! I’ve been waiting to talk about my impending Spring TBR list. And it’s big. Help me. 😰  But I’m super excited to get my hands on these great YA books.

So buckle in for this long TTT!

 

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ahh, Ace of Shades is throwing massive hints of Six of Crows, but I don’t care. I’m loving the whole gambling feel to the book, and I can’t wait to see how Amanda plays off the fantasy. But what I look forward the most is the thieves and shady characters.

Don’t forget about the pre-order giveaway for Ace of Shades!

 

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep is huge on Instagram right. Bloggers cannot get enough of it, and I can see why. A female raised to be a warrior? Hell yes, I am reading this book. And when betrayal is mixed in, I know I’ll love it.

This debut novel also has a giveaway. Find out more here.

 

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Does this cover look familiar? I have a big Red Queen déjà vu when I look at it. But I have to admit that it’s what hooked me in, so I can’t complain about it too much. I haven’t heard a lot about this new author, but I’m definitely intrigued by her book. And I’m always down for a revenge story.

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

CUE THE INTERNAL FANGIRLING. I nearly screamed when I saw the cover. Feyre’s wearing the Starfall dress. 😍 I’m going to die. I really am. Several storylines were left unfinished, and I need to know what will happen with several characters. I need my Nessian, and I need to see what’ll happen with Az, my baby bat.

Don’t miss out on getting a Night Court enamel pin from ACOFAS pre-order giveaway!

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Okay, so who else is a big Caraval fan?! Anyone? Okay, that debut novel knocked me off my feet. I loved the writing and the storytelling. Tella and Scarlett are back at Caraval, and they have a debt to pay. I don’t know how to anticipate the ending. Stephanie tricked me with Caraval, so I’m done with guessing.

 

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard

So I came into this fandom about a year late, but I’ve been waiting for this finale for quite awhile. The King’s Cage makes up for the problems in Glass Sword. And with that ending in the third book, I’m team Mare. She will burn up Norta and take everyone with her.

 

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Another contemporary novel with a twist? Hmm. Written by Kelley Armstrong? Sold. She could write crap, and I’d still read it. Anyways, over the last few years, she’s been writing phenomenal contemporary books, and Aftermath brings school shootings to the forefront. I can’t wait to read it.

 

Furyborn by Claire Legrand

I’m still on the fence with this book, but it has gained a lot of fans over the last six months. I’m liking some of the reviews and not enjoying the others. I just hope the big buzz around Furyborn doesn’t kill my thrill of reading it.

 

Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist is one of my favourite books of 2017. I am an instant Renée fan after reading it.  Even though the ending is slightly predictable, I need to know how Mariko will outwit her brother and her betrothed. And I can’t wait to see how Okami gets out his particular situation. Political intrigue and romance will be the highlights of this finale.

 

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa made all her Emberlings wait almost two years. Two. Years. I get it. Writing a novel takes time, but I’d like to see if the Nightbringer will get gutted, the Commandant is slaughtered, and my two little cinnamon buns get their happy ending. What am I saying?! You don’t get happy endings in these stories. Put me out of my misery now, please.